BIRTHDAY BOY: Stephen Porter is fondly referred to by his friends and family as Wally. This year for Wally's birthday it was decided there is no better place to celebrate than at The Slim Dusty Centre with his father Lloyd Porter.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Stephen Porter is fondly referred to by his friends and family as Wally. This year for Wally's birthday it was decided there is no better place to celebrate than at The Slim Dusty Centre with his father Lloyd Porter.

Birthday treat for Slim Dusty's No.1 fan

THE Slim Dusty Centre celebrates a very precious life, 34-year-old Stephen Porter is fondly referred to by his friends and family as Wally.

He has been cared for by his senior parents Lloyd and Lee his entire life.

At 12 years of age Wally was hit by a car near Ebor and flown to Coffs Harbour and then on to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle where he remained in a coma for three months.

The doctors explained to Wally's parents that there was "no chance" of recovery.

After coming to terms with the sad prognosis but deciding not to give up hope, Lloyd sought comfort in the words of his music idol Slim Dusty.

Being a lifelong Slim fan, Lloyd decided it would be a good idea for Wally to leave this world listening to the music of someone they loved and whom Wally had grown up listening to daily.

Slim's lyrics had been playing gently and continuously across the hospital ward for weeks when suddenly Wally awoke quoting words to The Old Western Drover!

Twenty-one years later, celebrating being alive on his 34rd birthday, Wally still has an acquired brain injury but is leading a happy and healthy life.

This year for Wally's birthday it was decided there was no better place to celebrate his birthday than at The Slim Dusty Centre. They had a wonderful time at the centre and were reduced to tears when the centre staff presented Wally with a happy birthday message from Slim's wife Joy.

Wally and Lloyd had the time of their life being treated like royalty at the Slim Dusty Centre and encourage everyone to make the day trip to Kempsey where you will take a stroll down Memory Lane with the late and great King of Country Music, Slim Dusty.

slimdustycentre.com.au.


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